Breckland Birder

Breckland Birder
Water Rail at Thompson Water, Norfolk Photo by Paul Newport

Friday, 2 October 2015

29th and 30th September (Round up)

Both the 29th and 30th September were long work days for me, therefore, the following is a brief account of highlights and locations visited on these dates.
The weather remained settled and warm on both dates and the wind was a fresh, occasionally strong easterly.

29 September
The undoubted highlight on this day was a single Redwing heard calling in a clients garden in Deopham, it was then seen flying away to the west.
During a short break later in the morning I visited the church at Brandon Parva and walked the footpath which leads away to the north-west.  The walk along the footpath was quiet but back at the church a walk around the well-wooded yard produced Goldcrest, Song Thrush (1), Mistle Thrush, Robin, Nuthatch (2), and a Kestrel.
A late afternoon visit in Wymondham produced a single Chiffchaff.

30th September
Prior to leaving for work I had a walk around the garden and heard a calling Chiffchaff in an adjoining garden.
During my afternoon break I decided to visit Brandon Parva again, on this occasion I walked the footpaths north-west of the church to Upper Brandon Parva.  Once again it was warm, however, the wind was the most noticeable feature, blowing strong enough to remove the outer twigs of trees. 
Wood Pigeons were the commonest bird seen.  3 Buzzards were seen.  The only passage noted was overhead and unseen calling Siskins.  One male Blackbird was seen and a single Song Thrush was heard in a field boundary hedgerow, this bird was within Blackthorn, a migrant perhaps feeding upon Sloes?
Walking back towards the church at Brandon Parva a calling Chiffchaff was heard in a hedge.

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